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The Northern Climate Observer

The Northern Climate Observer is a compilation of articles and observations about changing environment and climate, and the impacts on Northern communities. It is a LEO Network product, published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Wales, Alaska, United States
Robert Tokeinna and Olivia Lee / LEO Network / March 5, 2019

Wales lost shorefast ice early in the season. Ice along the shore has been crushed and broken. This is a very unusual event for Wales as many of our hunters rely on great ice conditions for whale and other sea mammal catch for food.

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Unalakleet, Alaska, United States
Zachariah Hughes / KNOM Radio Mission / March 12, 2019

Usually, in March, the Bering Sea ice is reaching its thickest extent. But from the beach in Unalakleet, the full horizon is blue ocean water, punctuated infrequently by lone icebergs.

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Kuopio, Northern Savo, Finland
Yle Uutiset / March 14, 2019

The latest statistics on the mountain hare (or blue hare) population of Finland, for instance, show that the species' numbers are plummeting while the European (or brown) hare is thriving, especially in southern parts of the country.

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Promyshlennyy, Komi Republic, Russia
Siberia Times / March 10, 2019

Stuck in ice, two trucks of a local silver mining company got trapped more than a month ago. Drivers have to live nearby as they keep trying to remove their vehicles.

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Wekweètì, Northwest Territories, Canada
Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi / CBC / March 19, 2019

A late start means the community of just over 130 must rely more heavily on air transport, which adds to the cost of goods brought in town.

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Gambell, Alaska, United States
Diana Haecker / The Nome Nugget / March 9, 2019

Since 2014 St. Lawrence Islanders have been collecting sea water samples, knowing that the radiation would eventually show up. Now the signature of Fukushima has finally been identified, the northern most sample evidence of the plume. Fortunately the levels are low.

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